Jan 21 2015

Welcome Our New Intern Jourdan!

We’re excited to introduce Jourdan Buchler, our 2015 intern.  Jourdan is a student at University of Wisconsin-Madison a fellow AXO sister and health fanatic.  Stay tuned for some great blog posts and social media contributions from Jourdan.

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First up, we asked Jourdan, “What’s Your Favorite Gift You Ever Received?” 

Jourdan’s Answer: 

My favorite gift I have ever received was given to me by my best friend for my high school graduation. She gave me gold Kate Spade ‘sailors knot’ hoop earrings, which I wear almost everyday. While they are beautiful, they were also my favorite gift because of their meaning. She had graduated the year before, and I had given her the gold Kate Spade ‘sailors knot’ ring. I really loved the connection between the two gifts, because the matching set resembled the two of us, which made this gift particularly special.

Welcome to the team Jourdan, we’re so excited to have you!

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Dec 24 2014

Insider Tips: Give A Subscription Gift As A Last Minute Gifts

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We’re big fans of subscription gifts in general, but they are also the perfect solution to the last-minute dilemma of what to give someone when you are totally stuck. Order oline, print of a certificate, roll up and tie with a bow.  Perfect, easy and doesn’t even look like you forgot about them until Christmas Eve.

FOR THE GUYS:

1. Trunk Club

Trunk club is a men’s clothing service, based in Chicago that sends a trunk of high-end clothes right to their member’s doors.  They have personal stylists who handpick the clothing and free shipping that lets you easily send back anything you don’t love. This is a great gift for busy and successful businessmen who want to look sharp but don’t have the time to spend their days shopping.

2. ManPacks

ManPacks is a monthly subscription service that delivers monthly necessities to you each month.  They will send men’s underwear, socks, razors, or even condoms. Perfect for the guys who hate having to head to Target or new graduates who still need a little help getting into their handle on monthly routines.

3. BeSpoke Post

BeSpoke Post is totally man-focused but varies widely on category each month.  Boxes range from coffee presses to travel accessories, but all focus on helping guys class up their lives.  Starts at $45/month. https://www.bespokepost.com/

FOR THE LADIES: 

1. CakeStyle

CakeStyle takes a women’s fit and wardrobe information and matches them with their own CakeStylist.  Their Cakestylist picks of clothes they think they’d like, sends them  options with a video on each piece and you can easily send back anything you don’t like.

2. POPSUGAR MustHave

The editors at the oh-so-popular, POPSUGAR website recently launched their “MustHave” monthly subscription service filled with celebrity favorite products, POPSUGAR Editors favorite products and items they hope you will discover and love. It’s a range of Fashion, Beauty, Fitness and Home Decor items, like their site.  Starts at $35/month.

3. Birchbox

Birchbox started it all and they do it well.  They send monthly beauty samples to your door for ladies to try out the latest products.  If you love something they make it simple for you to order more right on their site.  It’s an impressive company founded by a few young lady entrepreneurs, who really disrupted an industry. It’s the perfect gift for the beauty junky.

FOR THE KIDS: 

1. KiwiCrate

KiwiCrates is a fun and easy way to spark creativity in kids.  They offer monthly hands-on activities delivered to your door with all the necessary materials included.  Perfect for children at 3-7. A past popular crate was their Fossil Fun crate where you can create your own fossils using special clay, sticks and dinosaurs.

2. Whittlebee

is a kids clothing club. They help stock you with basics like tees, onesies, socks and you can customize by geographic location, color preferences, etc.  Perfect way to avoid the mall. They also have an online community where you can make friends and swap clothes. $39.99/month and you can pause or cancel at anytime.

3. Citrus Lane (New Moms)

Cirtus Lane is a monthly subscription box for new moms that tailor each box to different stages and ages of their children.  This way Moms  can continue to get relevant and highly recommended products depending on the age of their child.  They refer to their service as “monthly care packages to help moms and dads on their parenting journey. They offer free shipping and all their products are highly recommended by their advisory team.

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Dec 18 2014

Congratulations to Jen B. our #WINITALL Giveaway Winner

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Huge thanks to everyone who entered our holiday #WINITALL giveaway.   Congratulations to our winner, Jen B!

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Dec 18 2014

15 Gifts You Can Order Last Minute Gifts on Amazon Prime

We all wait last-minute, it’s okay! If you follow us, you know we are huge fans of Amazon Prime.  They have pretty much everything and you can always get it with Free 2 Day Shipping which is a wonderful, wonderful thing for all you last-minute gifters out there.

1. FitBit Activity Tracker

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2. #GirlBoss Book

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3. Jambox Wireless Speakers

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4. Temporary Tattoos

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5. Awkward Family Photos Game

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6. Aromatherapy Essential Oils

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7. Frends Rose Gold Headphones

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8. Poloroid iPhone Photo Printer

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9. Fold Up Blanket for 2

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10. Gold Mophie Charging Case 

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11. FitBit Tory Burch Designer Cases

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12. LeSportsac Tote

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13. I Would Cuddle You So Hard Tee

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14. GoPro Hero Video Camera

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15. Amazon Fire Streaming System

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Dec 17 2014

10 Romantic Things to Do For Your Girlfriend/Boyfriend this Holiday

Holiday Romantic Gift Ideas

1. Record a sentimental video on your iPhone

2. Rent his favorite sports car for the night

3. Take Her Ice Skating

4. Make a Buzz Feed with all the Reasons You Love Them

5. Make a Cuddle Kit for 2 (Wine, Chocolates, DVDs in a basket)

6. Make a Custom Crossword Puzzle 

7. Give a Subscription Box – Our top 10 services here

8. Send them a funny dancing JibJab Card using your photos (Let’s get physical is our favorite)

9. Compile a playlist and some favorite photos and save to a USB

9. Send them on a Scavenger Hunt

10. Gift a Hulu or Netflix Subscription – and commit to watching an entire season of their show of choice

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Dec 16 2014

White Elephant Gifts You’ll Want To Keep

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There’s no doubt that White Elephant Parties are always a blast but don’t the gifts always seem.. kind of pointless? We suggest that you and your friends vamp it up this year. We’ve come up with a list of potential gifts that stick with the traditional theme of white elephant parties, but have a little more staying power! And the best part? They are all $25 or less! Get to gifting!

 

Mixology Dice

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What will you drink post White Elephant party? Let the dice decide! Roll the dice to reveal the recipes for yummy drinks! // $25

 

Cards Against Humanity

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Cards Against Humanity is our go to game when we just want to hang with friends!! //$25

 

Jello Shots Syringes

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Make jello shots even more fun! These syringe shots are sure to add flair to any upcoming party! //$19

 

Self Stirring Mug

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You may laugh, but this is the ultimate gift for the lazy girl in the morning! It even comes with a lid! We definitely want it.. //$20

 

Ain’t No Wifey Beanie

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Perfect for the girl with LOTS of sass. We think this is fab! Who could be disappointed leaving a White Elephant with this in tow? //$25

 

Chrome Gun Coffee Mug

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This screams “Don’t talk to me, it’s WAY too early”. So edgy, so fierce. //$12

 

Face Bank

Face Bank

A piggy bank that literally eats your money! The mouth even moves when your hand gets close to it! //$14.95

 

Every single item can be purchased through TGI right now! What’s your go to White Elephant gift? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

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Dec 11 2014

TGI Tips: Ways to Stay Sane While Finding Your Holiday Gifts

Happy Holiday Shopping

 

  • Start the habit of having signature “go-to gift” for each type of person on your list: hostess, coworker, friend, etc.  It saves you time and you end up having your own style of gift-giving each season.

 

  • Can’t find a substantial enough gift for someone on your list? Find a few small gifts they’ll love and put them all in a cute DIY gift package.  Try using a practical vessel like a chic ice bucket or square vase.

 

  •  Don’t get too crazy with DIY gifts for the Holidays unless you are a seasoned DIY-er.   It’s easier to plan DIY gifts throughout the year vs the holidays when you have so many people on your list.

 

  • Know what apps to use – Huckster, track when an item goes on sale.  Poachit, a bookmarklet to find coupon codes, Swirl, deals when you walk in a store

 

  •  When shopping for gifts for out of town family and friends, try using national chains that have stores in their area so they can easily return or exchange if they need.
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Dedicated Post: New Gift List App WyshMe

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We love finding new ways to make gift-giving super simple and easy.

It’s a stressful time of year, and anything that helps make getting and giving what you want easier, we love trying out!

We’ve been playing around on a new app, WyshMe  that aims to help busy people (especially all you time-starved Moms out there) share gift ideas with your family and friends and build WyshLists for everyone in the family. This way all your gift lists are organized in one spot, not 20 emails or a pile of ripped out and circled catalogue pages and hopefully everyone can actually get what they want this year.  The app works with over 100 merchants so you can find items from stores you already shop at.

Test it our for yourself and registry at www.wyshme.com and also enter their Sweepstakes, once a week, they randomly select a Wysh and reward the sender with a $100 gift card to make that Wysh come true.

Follow The Gift Insider’s board WyshMe WyshList Board on Pinterest.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. My blog post was written as part of my collaboration with WyshMe.”

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